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Perspectives on Waging Conflicts Constructively: Concepts, Cases and Practice

Bruce Dayton, Louis Kriesberg, editors

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, December 2017

Perspectives on Waging Conflicts Constructively: Concepts, Cases and Practice

"Perspectives in Waging Conflicts Constructively" offers diverse perspectives on how large-scale conflicts can be conducted with more positive benefits, minimizing their destructiveness. Distinguished analysts and practitioners review the core ideas of the innovative “constructive conflict approach” and examine cases where conflicts have been waged with fewer destructive consequences.

An introduction presents key concepts in constructive conflict resolution, and chapters offer cases of these theories in action. Cases feature both global and regional examples ranging from Israel to North Korea. The book also contains recommendations for policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and citizens about how stakeholders at all levels might help avoid destructive patterns that are common in large-scale conflict while working for positive change.

This book builds on one of the founding concepts of the Maxwell School's Program for Research on Conflict & Collaboration. This project is part of Kriesberg and Dayton's broader project on Constructive Transformation, a study of when, why, and how violent opposition movements (and those they are challenging) take steps towards peaceful political incorporation. [[Ensure this last paragraph is accurate. The full text is found on the PARCC website.]]